Mountain Stage Radio Show
Friday June 18, 2010
The ClayCenter -- FestivALL Charleston
Doors 7:15pm Show: 8:00p.m.
All Tickets $29.00 RESERVED SEATING
Tickets Available: 304/561-3570; or www.theclaycenter.org.
Advance tickets are also available at Taylor Books in downtown Charleston
Marc Cohn - *Special One-Hour Performance* Pianist/singer/songwriter Marc Cohn’s 1991 debut on Atlantic Records earned him a Grammy for “Best New Artist.” On the strength of the single “Walking to Memphis,” Cohn fashioned a career that took cues from Van Morrison’s blue-eyed soul and other ‘70s staples like Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell. He pays tribute to some of them on his latest CD, “Listening Booth: 1970.” Named for the milestone year in which classic LPs like “Moondance,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” were released, “Listening Booth” was produced by Grammy Award winner John Leventhal. Cohn offers his take on classic songs by artists including Morrison, Lennon, Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens, Smokey Robinson, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Cohn performs a special one-hour set on this Mountain Stage show as part of FestivALL Charleston.
Kate Miller-Heidke - After releasing a trilogy of acclaimed EPs in her home country of Australia, Miller-Heidke released “Little Eve” in 2007. The disc landed near the top of the ARIA charts, was certified Gold - and eventually Platinum – garnering four ARIA nominations. The follow-up, 2008's “Curiouser,” dominated the Top 10 on the iTunes album chart for two months and spent two weeks at #1. The record also received multiple nominations at the 2009 ARIA awards. The CD’s first single, “Caught In The Crowd,” made Miller-Heidke and her husband/guitarist/collaborator Keir Nuttal the first Australians to win the Grand Prize in the prestigious, Nashville-based International Songwriting Competition. The song was picked from more than 17,000 entries and judges included Tom Waits, The Shins’ James Mercer, The Cure’s Robert Smith, Neil Finn and The Kinks’ Ray Davis. Another track from Curiouser, the emotionally-charged “The Last Day On Earth,” went double platinum in Australia and racked up nearly a million views on YouTube.
Sahara Smith - Singer/songwriter Sahara Smith was born into a family of artists in Austin, TX, and was performing when she was barely in her teens. When she was 15, she won a nationwide contest to perform on Garrison Keillor’s syndicated show “Prairie Home Companion” and was the only artist invited to sing a duet with Keillor. The 20 year old Smith has been turning heads at Austin festivals like SXSW and ACL. Recently, she caught the ear of renowned producer T-Bone Burnett who called her “the best young artist I have heard in many years.” Austin music columnist Michael Ventura described her as “the most gifted young performer I’ve seen in 26 years.”in France.
David Broza - Born in Haifa, Israel and a resident of Tel Aviv, David Broza was educated in Israel, Spain and Britain, and known primarily in the USA, Spain and Israel as a balladeer. When legendary Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt died, he left behind several poems meant for Broza. Last year Broza released "Night Dawn: the unpublished poetry of Townes Van Zandt." As a multi-platinum artist, over the past three decades, Broza has jockeyed multiple music careers as an international artist, releasing records in Hebrew, Spanish and English.
Bob Thompson Unit-A living legend of the WV Jazz scene and also the pianist in the Mountain Stage Band, Thompson and the Bob Thompson Unit are celebrating the release of their latest CD of modern jazz, titled "Smile."
This program will be distributed nationally by NPR May 27, 2011
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